is the governing body that regulates this field.
According to the 2004 AAOP Operating Performance and Compensation Report, the average O&P technician with ABC certification and 13 years of experience earns $40,454 per year.
AAOP notes that there may be a shortage of professionals in the field by 2030 based on population growth alone.
Each reviewer rated each study according to the AAOP study design classification scale that describes the type of study design.
The overall ratings from the AAOP state-of-the-science evidence report guidelines and from the Methodology Checklist 1 were used in assigning confidence to the developed empirical evidence statements (EESs) described in following section.
The reviewed studies were classified into 9 of the 15 potential study designs described by the AAOP study design classification scale .
Chicago (IL): American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP
The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) State-of-the-Science Conference on Post-Operative Management of the Lower Extremity Amputee  identified five postoperative care strategies: (1) soft dressings, (2) nonremovable rigid dressings without an immediate prosthetic attachment, (3) nonremovable rigid dressings with an immediate postoperative prosthesis, (4) removable rigid plaster dressings, and (5) prefabricated postoperative prosthetic systems.
Articles from groups II and III were initially reviewed using the AAOP Evidence Report Guidelines  (Appendix 1, available online only).
Recognizing the need to facilitate informed consumerism of prosthetic, orthotic, and other medical/ rehabilitative literature, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP
) commissioned its Standards and Protocols Committee to develop a research glossary in 2008 (Figure 4).
The socket shapes were stored in American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) format.
The use of B-splines simplified comparison between electronic AAOP file data and digitizer data, since no a priori one-to-one correspondence between points on the two surfaces was required.